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May 23, 2017 [GMT]
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Army intelligence officers identified over assault on Namal
[Thursday 2017-04-13 16:00]

Two army intelligence officers have been identified over the assault on former journalist Namal Perera. The former Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) employee and a friend were assaulted on Monday, 30th June 2008. Perera and his friend, Mahendra Ratnaweera, who was working at the British High Commission in Colombo at the time, were driving between Narahenpita and Kirulapone when they were waylaid.


Sri Lanka, India to jointly run Trincomalee oil facility: Minister
[Thursday 2017-04-13 16:00]

India and Sri Lanka will jointly operate the oil storage facility at the strategic eastern port town of Trincomalee, Petroleum Minister Chandima Weerakkody said today. At least 73 of the 99 storage tanks in Trincomalee is to be managed under a new equity arrangement between the two countries, Weerakkody said. To operate the 73 tanks "we will have the joint venture running", Weerakkody said.


Sri Lankan UN peacekeepers accused of involvement in Haiti child-sex ring
[Thursday 2017-04-13 16:00]

United Nations peacekeepers including over 100 Sri Lankan troops allegedly sexually exploited vulnerable women and children in Haiti, an Associated Press investigative report said. An Associated Press investigation of U.N. missions during the past 12 years found nearly 2,000 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers and other personnel around the world. More than 300 of the allegations involved children, the AP found, but only a fraction of the alleged perpetrators served jail time.


Government can be sent home
[Wednesday 2017-04-12 17:00]

Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan has warned that if the grievances of Tamils were not addressed properly, even the present Maithri-Ranil Government would.......be ousted from power. The Leader of the Opposition was addressing an event in Vavuniya last Monday, at which 150 houses, constructed in the Sinna Adampan village in Vavuniya, by the London-based Lyca organization, were handed over to their tenants.


Foreign forces won’t be allowed to exploit Sri Lankan ports
[Wednesday 2017-04-12 17:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has assured that foreign forces won’t be allowed to use Sri Lankan ports in a way inimical to the interests of other countries. PM Wickremesinghe reiterated the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government’s stand when he addressed a distinguished gathering in Tokyo yesterday. He was delivering a talk on Sri Lankan understanding of global situation and importance of Japan.


EU pledges Euro 42 million to Sri Lanka
[Wednesday 2017-04-12 17:00]

The European Union (EU) will step up its assistance to Sri Lanka by providing Euro 42 million (approximately LKR 6791.4 million) for two programs including the supporting the Modernization of the Agricultural Sector (EUR 30 million) and Strengthening Reconciliation Processes (EUR 12 million).


Chinese help to tide over adverse climate
[Wednesday 2017-04-12 17:00]

The Chinese government will provide assistance to ease the impacts of the adverse climate and improve the living standards of the Sri Lankan people, a release issued by the Chinese embassy said yesterday. The release: From April 6 to 8, Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) paid an official visit to Sri Lanka to jointly celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and further enhance the bilateral ties.


Govt. vies for renegotiation
[Wednesday 2017-04-12 16:00]

The Sri Lankan government has asked for the renegotiation of the lease period in the Hambantota Port Agreement. Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama taking questions from the Japanese media at a Business Seminar hosted by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in Tokyo, said they were in the final stages of the process and “hoped to finalize the agreement within the next two weeks”.


LIOC holding on to Trincomalee oil tanks illegally
[Wednesday 2017-04-12 16:00]

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today accused the Lanka India Oil Company (LIOC) of illegally holding on to the oil tanks in Trincomalee. Party leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake told a media briefing that this was clear when considering the Cabinet paper submitted by Petroleum Resources Minister Chandima Weerakody last year.


Lankan cleared of murder charges, faces deportation
[Tuesday 2017-04-11 16:00]

A Sri Lankan man who had a murder charge dropped last week after a judge ruled it took too long to bring him to trial is facing deportation from Canada because he has a criminal record, Montreal Gazette reported. Sivaloganathan Thanabalasingham, 31, is scheduled to have an admissibility hearing before the Immigration and Refugee Board on Monday afternoon. Thanabalasingham was charged in August 2012 with the second-degree murder of his wife, 21-year-old Anuja Baskaran.


Truth Commission will be set up soon: Harsha
[Tuesday 2017-04-11 16:00]

The government will be in a position to set up the Truth Commission soon and to gazette the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) under a selected ministry, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha De Silva said today. He said reconciliation was not an easy task but assured the Government would go ahead despite obstacles by 'racists and those with petty political agendas'. “We are moving ahead as fast as we can to achieve reconciliation. As a sovereign country and people, we have taken steps within a democratic setting,” he told Daily Mirror.


PM continues Japan dialogue
[Tuesday 2017-04-11 16:00]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrived in Japan yesterday, his second official visit there since October 2015.The Prime Ministerial delegation was received by Hiroto Izumi, Special Advisor to the Japanese Prime Minister Shnzo Abe and the Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Kenichi Suganuma, at the Narita International Airport. Diplomatic sources said that Wickremesinghe’s itinerary includes meetings with his Japanese counterpart, leading figures in government and the private sector and participation in several programmes which would be beneficial to both countries.


European Union delegation arrives in Sri Lanka to review current situation ahead of meeting in Brussels
[Tuesday 2017-04-11 16:00]

A delegation comprising the members of European Union has arrived in Sri Lanka Monday to review the current situation in the island nation ahead of a meeting scheduled in Brussels on re-granting GSP+ facility, the state-run radio SLBC reported. Reportedly a special discussion on granting the European Union's Generalized Scheme of Preferences, Plus known as GSP+ facility will be held in Brussels on 19th April. The EU delegation will study the present situation in Sri Lanka including the development, reconciliation and political stability. Thereafter, the delegation will present a report on its observations during the discussion in Brussels.


President appoints new SLFP organizers for Kurunegala constituencies and districts
[Tuesday 2017-04-11 16:00]

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has handed over the appointment letters to organizers for four constituency organizers and three district organizers for the Kurunegala District today (April 11) at the President's Official Residence in Colombo. Minister of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekara has been appointed as a constituency organizer for the Panduwasnuwara electorate. Dharmasiri Dassanayake, Jayarathna Herath, and Lakshman Wendaruwa have been appointed are the other three constituency organizers appointed for Bingiriya, Polgahawela and Kurunegala electorates.


Scorpion colony found in Gampaha
[Tuesday 2017-04-11 16:00]

In a rare occurrence, a colony of about 2,000 scorpions was found in an anthill near a house in Kotagedara, Gampaha by wildlife officials. Residents said about 2,000 scorpions had stormed into the road when a lorry had accidently smoked out the anthill. Wildlife official who arrived at the location had captured about 250 scorpions and said the species would be released to a sanctuary.


Indian drug smugglers, village youth gangs make Jaffna a crime-infested zone
[Monday 2017-04-10 17:00]

A resident of Point Pedro, now living overseas, who was visiting his home town on holiday was approached by a local gang which demanded money so they could have a party with friends. The resident complained to police who then arrested the suspects despite resistance from the villagers, some of whom stoned the law enforcers.


Sri Lanka Tamil party says a new constitution is essential to resolve national problem
[Monday 2017-04-10 17:00]

Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance says that the Executive Presidency should be abolished and that a new constitution is needed to resolve the national issue in Sri Lanka. Speaking to BBC Sandeshaya, TNA parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran said the view that the Executive Presidency is better for the minorities to win their rights is not correct.


Train crashes into officers quarters
[Monday 2017-04-10 17:00]

A freight train carrying fuel to Kankesanthurai, Jaffna from Colombo derailed in Vavuniya this morning, the Vavuniya Railway Control Unit said. The train had travelled in an unused railway track and had crashed into the quarters of the railway officials.


HAMBANTOTA PORT BALL NOW IN LANKA’S COURT – MALIK
[Monday 2017-04-10 17:00]

The Sri Lankan Government is likely to seal the deal with China, on the Hambantota Port, by the end of April, Minister of Strategic Development and International Trade Malik Samarawickrema told Ceylon Today yesterday. He added, "The delay is on our side and the ball is in our court."


Army to commence an investigation into the suicide of army corporal
[Monday 2017-04-10 17:00]

The Army has commenced an investigation into the suicide of a soldier who was on duty at the residence of Major General Ubaya Perera of the Gajaba Regiment. Meanwhile, the post mortem examination is scheduled to take place on the 20th of this month. The body of the soldier is currently kept at the Anuradhapura teaching hospital as per a court order.


PC polls to be held under PR system
[Monday 2017-04-10 17:00]

Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faizer Mustapha said yesterday that the forthcoming elections to the North Central, Eastern and Sabaragamuwa provincial councils would be held under the existing Proportional Repres-entation system. The term of those provinces would come to end in September this year and the government intended to hold polls before the annual budget, the minister told The Island.


NE housing project slashed: Fresh tenders and fair play urged
[Sunday 2017-04-09 16:00]

If the Government intends to slash its original proposal of 65,000 prefabricated houses down to 6,000 houses for the war-displaced, it must call a fresh tender as many more contractors will qualify for the smaller project and offer better prices, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran said this week. Despite sustained opposition to the project, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management (CCEM) last week granted approval for the construction of 6,000 prefabricated houses in the North and East by international steel giant ArcelorMittal. The proposal will go to Cabinet for ratification.


Poaching crisis: Lanka expresses its displeasure at India’s failure
[Sunday 2017-04-09 16:00]

Sri Lanka has expressed disappointment over the failure by the Indian authorities to honour the pledges made at the last round of joint Indo-Lanka talks on the fisheries issue. Fisheries Ministry Secretary Rani Adhikari, who headed the Sri Lanka delegation at the talks held on Friday in Colombo, told the Sunday Times she requested the Indian delegation to implement the agreement reached during the previous round of talks to increase patrolling of the Palk Strait to prevent poaching.


Army hands over 28.8 acres of land it held since 1990
[Sunday 2017-04-09 16:00]

The army returned 28.8 acres of land to its owners in Valigamam North on Friday. The confirmation letter regarding the lands was officially handed over to Jaffna District Secretary N. Vedanayagan by newly appointed Jaffna Security Forces Commander, Major General Dharshana Hettiarachchi.


Order In Noyahr Case Reversed
[Sunday 2017-04-09 16:00]

The Colombo High Court on Friday ordered that the six suspects enlarged on bail last month in the Keith Noyahr assault case be immediately re-remanded, reversing a decision by Mount Lavinia Additional Magistrate Lochana Weerasinghe one week earlier on March 30 to enlarge the suspects on bail. The order, issued on Friday by Colombo High Court Judge Manilal Waidyatillake, came as an immediate response to a revision application filed by the Attorney General seeking the reversal of the bail decision by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court.


Heat wave: Be cautious on dehydration says CNH
[Sunday 2017-04-09 16:00]

The high temperature in the island may affect the children and the elderly people causing dehydration, the Colombo National Hospital (CNH) warned today. The prevailing heat had affected people severely causing many health issues, especially skin diseases and eye diseases. When contacted, CNH Deputy Director Dr. Samindi Samarakoon said that people should take a lot of fluids to prevent dehydration. She also advised people to avoid exposure to direct sunlight.


Husband, wife electrocuted in Chunnakam
[Sunday 2017-04-09 16:00]

A 42-year-old man and his 36-year-old wife were killed in a suspected electrocution accident in their house at Sellachchi in Chunnakam last night, Police said. They said the victims had been electrocuted when they were trying to connect a binding cable to the switch board to obtain electricity.


Increase Palk Bay patrol, Colombo tells New Delhi
[Saturday 2017-04-08 17:00]

Sri Lanka on Friday asked India to increase the patrol of the Palk Bay to prevent Tamil Nadu fishermen from trespassing into Sri Lankan waters, even as it expressed positive signs on the likely release of detained Indian trawlers. “The meeting was very useful. We are happy that India is really committed to its assurance of phasing out bottom trawlers and has taken constructive steps. We are very hopeful of finding a permanent solution together,” a senior officer from the Sri Lankan delegation told The Hindu after official teams from the countries met here as part of an initiative to jointly address the Palk Bay fisheries conflict, involving fishermen of Tamil Nadu and northern Sri Lanka.

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